The investigation into the death of Slovak national Jozef Chovanec at a Belgian airport in 2018 has gained traction again as Slovakia and Belgium kickstart an international cooperative effort to resolve a case of police brutality.
In 2020, the murder of George Floyd ignited nation-wide protests under the slogan “Black Lives Matter” to condemn police brutality and demand accountability. After several months, it is important to take stock of the situation and analyze the phenomenon, from its historical roots to the implications for domestic politics in the US
Media Freedom is currently under attack in several countries.
Many journalists, reporters and media professionals are being detained, attacked and threatened.
Is the European Union taking sufficient measures to guarantee media freedom?
With the Spirit of revolution in the air sparked by the murder of George Floyd in the United States, civilians all over the world are waking up to the injustices around them. Not to be left behind, while standing in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the US, Kenyans are finally voicing their rage at their own system currently also being plagued by ghastly levels of violence at the hands of the Police.
“I Can’t Breathe.” These are the words that have shook the world. The crude murder of George Floyd by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department has started a chain of reaction that now sees Minnesota’s chief town in riot. And yes, I said murder, for the action of former police officer Derek Chauvin cannot just be dismissed as an excess of force during the arrest. Yet, as an act of manslaughter guided by racial hate. And as such, it begets anger from those who cannot just stand by for such events.
Minneapolis is literally on fire since George Floyd, 46, became the latest in a long line of black men and women to die in police custody. Derek Chauvin was called to the scene because Floyd was accused of writing a bad cheque; the scene climaxed with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, brutally suffocating him in broad daylight.